First Second announces Winter 2014 line-up

First Second released some news about their Winter 2013-14 titles, including paperback editions for Sailor Twain and Baby’s in Black, and some new books as well, including a new book by the very Talented Danica Novgorodoff, whom we haven’t heard from in a while. Here’s the line-up:


The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza
, by James Kochalka.  Will intergalactic adventurer The Glorkian Warrior be able to successfully deliver a pizza?  Probably not!  Check out the cover reveal for this book over at

The Undertaking of Lily Chen, by Danica Novgorodoff.  The problem with Chinese ghost marriages: what do you do when the only bride you can find for your dead brother is still alive?  “It’s great!” says USA Today
Hidden, by Loic Dauvillier and Marc Lizano.  We guarantee tears when you read this story of a very young Jewish girl dealing with the Holocaust. 

Aphrodite, by George O’Connor.  The last two Olympians books have both been New York Times Best-Sellers.  Will Aphrodite live up to that high bar?  Also, we’re publishing this in time for Valentine’s Day. 

Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2013


By Paul Mellerick


A triumphant return for Fathom, albeit one backed by a price-promotion, and a full price relaunch for Red Sonja join Matt Fraction’s Satellite Sam as the big debuts this month, and East of West and Lazarus cement their places in the upper part of the chart. Elsewhere are a clutch of strong mid-level launches, and a slightly worrying series of drops for Valiant.

141 indie books charted this month, down on last month’s 154. The bottom book sold 5,317, up on last month’s 4,277. They sold approximately 1,699,572 in total, down on last month’s 1,714,313. Average sales are 12,053 per book, well up on last month’s 11,131. UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Out of the 141 books, 25 went up in sales and 98 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

Image continue as top dog of the indie publishers, with an 6.56% dollar share and a 6.79% market share, while IDW have a 6.09% dollar share and 4.53% market share, Dark Horse have a 5.43% dollar share and a 4.61% market share, Dynamite have a 2.54% dollar share and 2.76% market share and Boom! have a 2.20% dollar share and 2.25% market share.

Thanks to and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

Here’s this month’s top twenty indie graphic novels.

2. Avatar Last Airbender TP Vol 5						- 7,655
3. Saga TP Vol 2 								- 7,329
4. Saga TP Vol 1 								- 5,959
9. Invincible TP Vol 18 Death of Everyone				- 4,157
12. Locke & Key TP Vol 5							- 3,963
13. Mouse Guard HC Vol 3 Black Axe 					- 3,852
14. Revival TP Vol 2 Live Like You Mean It				- 3,379
16. Walking Dead TP Vol 18 What Comes After			- 3,300
18. Walking Dead TP Vol 1 Days Gone Bye 				- 3,025
22. BPRD Hell on Earth TP Vol 5						- 2,784
28. Star Wars Purge TP							- 2,364
30. Sailor Moon TP Vol 12							- 2,335
38. Bravest Warriors TP Vol 1						- 2,175
44. Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Vol 2 					- 1,904
47. Axe Cop TP Vol 4 President of the World				- 1,822
50. Prophet TP Vol 2 Brothers						- 1,755
51. Bleach TP Vol 57							- 1,749
55. Walking Dead TP Vol 2 Miles Behind Us				- 1,714
57. Star Wars Agent of the Empire TP Vol 2 				- 1,648
59. Creepy Presents Steve Ditko HC					- 1,622

Those Avatar Last Airbender books are doing better and better every volume, while just behind the two Saga trades are still selling gangbusters. Image have a good month aside from Saga and usual clutch of Walking Dead collections, with new Invincible, Revival and Prophet books doing well. IDW, Archaia and Boom see one apiece, the new Locke & Key, Mouse Guard and the first Bravest Warriors collections respectively. Dark Horse score a few Star Wars trades, a collection of Steve Ditko’s Warren work and new BPRD and Axe Cop books. That just leaves a couple of manga tiles to round things up.

12. The Walking Dead (Image)

07/2008: The Walking Dead #50 – 27,691
07/2009: The Walking Dead #63 – 24,001
07/2010: The Walking Dead #75 – 33,079
07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 – 32,126
07/2012: The Walking Dead #100 – 388,038


08/2012: The Walking Dead #101 – 51,732 (-85.9%)
09/2012: The Walking Dead #102 – 53,337 (+3.1%)
10/2012: The Walking Dead #103 – 74,378 (+39.4%)
10/2012: The Walking Dead Michone Special – 49,930 (60,633)
11/2012: The Walking Dead #104 – 57,456 (-22.8%)
12/2012: The Walking Dead #105 – 57,781 (+0.6%)
01/2013: The Walking Dead #106 – 70,526 (+22.1%)
02/2013: The Walking Dead #107 – 63,575 (-9.9%)
02/2013: The Walking Dead The Governor Special – 51,355
03/2013: The Walking Dead #108 – 67,423 (+6.1%)
04/2013: The Walking Dead #109 – 90,362 (+34.0%)
05/2013: The Walking Dead #110 – 76,455 (-15.4%)
06/2013: The Walking Dead #111 – 74,857 (-2.1%)
07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 – 72,975 (-2.5%)

Just the one cover this month (through Diamond at least) and sales are staying above seventy thousand for the whole arc so far. Now it’s just waiting to see what new sales records will be broken by the upcoming All Out War story.
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Reviewed! Every Issue of Villains Month, Week One

DC sent along a lovely pack of review copies for Villains Week, and I feel like it’s only fair that I read through all of the ones out this week and review ‘em. I’ll go from my least favourite to my favourite, ending with my favourite of this first lot. And hey! If DC send along a second selection next week, I’ll review those ones too!

Slight spoilers below, but nothing particular.

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Sales Charts: Amazon sales rankings show some digital outselling some print

Oh yeah, speaking of Amazon, we’re been awfully inconsistent about posting the weekly Amazon sales rankings compiled by Dave Carter, but here’s last Friday’s
1 (-). Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8) *
2 (-). Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8) (Kindle) *
3 (R). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
4 (R). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
5 (-1). Dork Diaries 6 (Kindle)
6 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us #33 (Kindle)
7 (-). March Book One
8 (-3). Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
9 (+1). The Complete Persepolis
10 (-4). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
11 (-2). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
12 (-1). Hyperbole and a Half *
13 (+3). American Born Chinese
14 (-6). Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
15 (-3). Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker
16 (-13). Injustice: Gods Among Us #32 (Kindle)
17 (-4). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
18 (-3). Watchmen
19 (-2). Vader’s Little Princess
20 (-6). The Walking Dead, Book 9 *

And Carter’s commentary:

• For the fourth week in a row the upcoming Wimpy Kid book is on the top of the comics chart. It is currently #50 on the overall Amazon book chart. It once again is joined in the #2 slot by the Kindle edition. 
• Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, the first volume in the series, was mysteriously absent from the chart last week (though The Complete Persepolis did appear), but returns this week in the #3 slot, as would be expected this time of year when college students are buying their books. One could speculate (and I will) that for a period of time past week Amazon had sold out of the first Persepolis but has since restocked.
• I don’t know why The Complete Calvin and Hobbes returns at such a high position. Yes the price (about $53) is pretty good, but it’s been at that level for a few weeks now. And that doesn’t explain the re-appearance of the hardcover edition on the chart either. All I can figure is that it must have been all of the attention that Gavin Aung Than’s recent Zen Pencil strip illustrating Watterson’s speech to college graduates received in various media outlets.
• All of the new titles on the chart this week are Kindle editions: The customary newInjustice digital comic, the first issue of the New 52 Justice League (on sale this week for 99¢), and John Lewis & Nate Powell’s March Book One.
• I had previously excluding Jeffrey Brown’s Star Wars: Jedi Academy from the chart as I was under the impression that it was a prose novel for young readers. It turns out that it is a hybrid prose/comic in the same vein as the Wimpy Kid series and thus likely should be on the chart under the criteria that I use. So this week it makes its first appearance on my weekly snapshot, though it should have appeared several times in the past as well.
• Diary Watch: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries franchises between them take up nine of the slots on the chart this week, down four last week.
• Kindle Watch: Only eight of the chart positions this week are taken up by Kindle editions, down six from last week and the lowest level that we’ve seen in quite some time.

Heidi’s commentary: When did they start listing Kindle editions with print! So basically some Kindle comics are selling more than print comics, including the amazing Injustice: Gods Among Us. I’m not surprised to see Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries doing so well in Kindle format, but clearly “kidgital” is still growing.

Finally, as long as we’re rounding up the news and notes, if you have an old fashioned thing like a feed reader, you can actually get a feed of the Amazon best sellers lists.

Hyperbole and a Half the book is coming in October

This news has been around for a while, but it never got it’s own item, so here it is: Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh’s blog/webcomic/highly-structured stream of consciousness whatever-it-is, is getting a book collection in October called Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. Brosh has been working on the book for a while—it’s slated to contain 50-50 old and new material—but she was sidetracked by the bouts of depression which her website has detailed in touching fashion. Although Brosh hasn’t updated in two years, a photo of the book’s manuscript on Instagram back in April led to great huzzahs across Reddit and the viral world.

For those not hep to the strip, it’s kind of Wimpy Kid for millennials, an extremely well-written, highly personal account of Brosh’s life and childhood memories (the Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas strip is a holiday classic) that uses deliberately crude drawings in “rage comic” style to mimic the emotional joy and distress of the process of growth. The strip, or whatever it is, is quite native to the web, so a book might be quite different, but Brosh is such a talented writer that I’m sure it will work out, The book is already in the top 1000 on Amazon.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 9/4/13: Alternative Comics is having a 20th Anniversary sale

AC20BanerLongtime alt publisher Wow Cool is having a 20th Anniversary Sale for Alternative Comics, which it purchased last year. Over 100 titles are on sale, spanning the last 20 years of indie comics. Hard to make a pick, but Grandon Graham’s early collection Elevator, some other early cartooning efforts by Ed Brubaker, Lauren Weinstein’s Inside Vineyland, early Gabrielle Bell, Dean Haspiel, Jon Lewis, and on and on…well, heck, there’s a ton of great stuff there as well as a virtual history of small press indie comics in the 90s. [Read more…]